Rapper, song writer and weed entrepreneur Wiz Khalifa has ignited the rage of Medellin and many Colombians for his insensitivity and ignorance about the country’s painful narco history.
The 29-year-old is not only known for his hip-hop lyrics but for also hovering up all the pot placed in front him. He is prolific on social media typically pictured with a joint or under a weed cloud. Last year he joined the legal-weed industry and is now selling his own brand of pot in Colorado called Khalifa Kush.
Therefore it was no surprise to his fans when after his Medellin performance he shared a pic on Instagram of his visit to infamous Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar’s grave and home. The problem was that he left a joint along with a nicely appointed floral arrangement on Escobar’s grave.
Many might blame his insensitivity on being a gravely disabled thinker due to his high weed consumption. Many Colombians were not having any of it and commented negatively on social media about Khalifa.
Federico Gutierrez, the mayor of Medellin took his anger a step further labeling him “a scoundrel advocating crime” that instead should honor the thousands of victims of Pablo Escobar, estimated at 4,000, by visiting their graves and placing flowers there.
During the 1980s and early 1990s the head of the Medellin cartel was connected to over 200 car bombings, countless kidnappings and the bombing of an airliner where all 107 people on board were killed. Escobar was killed in 1993 in a shootout with Colombian authorities.
“It shows that this guy has never had to suffer from the violence inflicted by these drug traffickers,” Gutierrez added.
Khalifa for his part is proud of his weed obsession and not overly concerned that the drug business is a bloody one. In an Esquire interview he noted:
”In Pittsburgh we started out smoking blunts and shit on the block with the homies. Then meeting more people, becoming more cultured, I started smoking joints. Doing bongs. Doing vaporizers. All sorts of other shit. I fuck with all of that. It’s all different types of ways to get high.
To his credit Khalifa has removed the controversial pictures and issued an apology, “Didn’t mean to offend anyone with my personal activities in Colombia, but I’m glad we came and got work done and everyone was safe.”
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